My time as an intern is almost over here at the Oklahoman. I haven’t been blogging much this week, because I am extremely busy trying to reach personal goals I set for myself when I first began. Does anyone remember the Top 3: Things I want to accomplish at the Oklahoman post? I am a little sad to be going, but excited about what my future may hold. Can anyone say AmeriCorps. So today, I want to share with the TOP 3: Things I’ve learned about interning.
1.) Never be afraid to ask questions - In whatever field your in, professionals who have been in the business have accumulated wisdom. Most professionals, not all I warn, are willing to mentor newcomers and dare I say teach them the ropes. They make themselves available to answer questions one may have. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had questions for other journalists in the News and Information Center at OPUBCO. When I asked, other journalists were more than willing to help. Besides, asking questions can keep you from screwing things up.
2.) Always take advantage of company offers - At OPUBCO, employees are given many opportunities to grow. The same goes for Interns. Interns are not just interns; they are treated as employees which is one reason why I’ve loved my time here. Among the many opportunities offered to OPUBCO interns is a writing coach. Because I attended at least one coaching session, I left with tips to improve my writing which will help me after I leave the company. Sometimes taking advantage of personal development workshops and events can be added to your resume if you participate.
3.) Make yourself stand out for something – If you’re comfortable with just doing enough to get by, step out of your comfort zone. Interns who don’t push themselves to achieve the very best may stand out for all the wrong reasons. I believe everyone in the OPUBCO Summer 2011 Internship class was recognized with different awards for contributions that were made. Certificates from companies hold a lot of merit when your looking for a job. Employers are going to want to know what you contributed. In addition, you never know if your internship is going to lead to a job. The company is not going to hire someone who just showed up and did a small amount of work just to say something was done.